Rumor Weed

The obnoxious weed was loud and mouthy, and it just kept growing and twisting until it weaved its way through the city, destroying the things in its path as it grew bigger and stronger. I have never forgotten the depiction of that Rumor Weed from a Veggie Tales show, years ago when my kids were young. I can’t help but think of that weed in relation to sin and how easily it can grow if we do not pluck it out by its roots.

If I don’t stay on top of pulling out the weeds in my garden, they quickly begin to take over, crowding out the healthy veggies that are growing and yielding fruit. This is what can happen in life, if we don’t recognize the power sin has over us. We need to be sure and pull out the weeds in our life that are fed by the ways of the world, and our fleshly nature. Some sprouting weeds can look pretty and seem like no big deal, but quickly grow and consume the things in its path, just like that Rumor Weed. It doesn’t take long before the weed multiplies and can begin to choke out healthy plants, along with the good fruit that was being produced in our lives. We are warned in Matthew 26:41, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

1 Corinthians 10:13 reminds us, “No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” Whatever our sin may be, if brought before the Lord, and confessed to Him, He will provide the strength to overcome whatever troubles us. We can be free from that thing that causes us to stumble. Jesus is Faithful to rescue, redeem, and restore us. John 1:9 reassures us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

There will always be weeds that sprout up in our life. But, if we spend time tending our garden with the Lord those weeds will be more noticeable to us when they first sprout up. It is much simpler to pull out a small weed, before its roots have been established than to deal with a weed that has been allowed to grow big and tall with roots embedded deep in our soul. As stated in Luke 1:37, “For with God nothing will be impossible.” Whatever the issue, God is bigger. Whatever the struggle, we have hope. The truth is, there is no Rumor Weed God can’t pluck out. Trust in Him. He has the tools to tend your garden and produce good fruit through you.

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